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Geography, Planning, and Environment: A Guide to Library Research


Geographic Information Systems is a discipline that has grown during the last twenty years. It incorporates cartography, database organized information, and specialized software to address problems with a spatial component. Population distribution over time in a specific geographic area, the spread of a specific disease, or the damage done due to wild fire are examples of situations that benefit from GIS.

The Thompson Library has initiated a pilot program to provide digital data for generating GIS maps. This repository will hopefully grow to include new data generated from this initial set. See the librarian about the data available for use.

Geographic Information Systems Center at UMF

The Geographic Information Systems Center is located in suite 207 of the Northbank Center, 432 N. Saginaw Street, Flint. The center contains multiple, state-of-the-art workstations for GIS applications, color printers, and a professional-grade plotter for map production.

Suggested Databases

Where to find GIS books in the Thompson Library

The Thompson Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize books on the shelves. This is an alpha-numeric call number scheme. The books are arranged alphabetically and then numerically.

The GIS books are found in the "G"s on the second floor of the library: G 70.2.